Averages for Samana in October

October is a popular time to visit Samana, a great beach town in the Dominican Republic. While it might be one of the wettest months of the year—a statistic that is quite relative—this is also one of the warmest and sunniest months.

In October, you will be able to enjoy 8 hours of sunshine each day on average. This is about the annual average of daily sunshine hours. There isn't a significant difference between months, the number of sunshine hours ranging between 7 and 9 per d...

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  • Temperature Temperature 27°C 80°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 31°C 88°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 22°C 72°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 140 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 13 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 29°C 84°F

October is a popular time to visit Samana, a great beach town in the Dominican Republic. While it might be one of the wettest months of the year—a statistic that is quite relative—this is also one of the warmest and sunniest months.

In October, you will be able to enjoy 8 hours of sunshine each day on average. This is about the annual average of daily sunshine hours. There isn't a significant difference between months, the number of sunshine hours ranging between 7 and 9 per day.

Moreover, it remains sunny despite the fact that October receives 140mm of rainfall and has 13 days with rainfall. This is the second wettest month of the year, just after September. The logical conclusion is that rainfall occurs as heavy, but fairly short downpours, after which the skies clear and the sun comes out again attracting people to the beach once more. Indeed, the most common rainfall type by far is thunderstorms. They occur on 58% of those 13 wet days, mostly in the afternoons, and tend to be short-natured, although sometimes violent. Other types of rainfall that can be experienced in October are light rain and moderate rain, respectively happening on 25% and 16% of the days with rainfall. The chance that rainfall occurs decreases from 46% in the beginning of the month to 40% toward the end.

This is a great time of year for swimming in the sea, the water temperature averaging 29°C, which is the annual high, also recorded in August and September. However, because of the heavy rainfall, underwater visibility is low and, therefore, snorkelling and diving are not recommended as an activity.

The average air temperature in October is 27°C, making it one of the warmest months of the year, together with the four previous months. Afternoon high temperatures average a hot 31°C, while at night, the mercury rarely drops below the average low of 22°C. These temperatures tend to fall by about one degree each in the course of the month, as November and the months thereafter will be slightly cooler, although only marginally.

Where to Stay

In terms of accommodation in October, check out Beach Hotel Bahia de los Dioses. This large complex is made up of 59 villas and apartments, as well as a large selection of facilities, including a swimming pool, a spa, shops, a gym, a restaurant and a coffee shop.

The Samana Spring Hotel boasts a superb location in central Samana, a mere 3-minute stroll from the Samana Marina and the Malecon, as well as from the local restaurants, shops, bars and services. The beach lies only about 7 minutes away on foot. This hotel features 16 rooms with a shower and bathtub, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and air-conditioning.

Hotel Cotubanama is a good option for business travellers, located in the heart of the Samana city centre and featuring free Wi-Fi and a location within mere minutes from the main courthouse, banks and hospital in the area. This is a charming family hotel, too—a great place to base yourself during your autumn break. Amenities include transportation, excursions and tours; car, quad and scooter rental services; and a communal kitchen.

Things to Do

If you feel like doing a bit of exploring in October, head to Los Haitises National Park. There you will find large expanses of mangrove, islets and caves decorated with art that is many centuries old and was created by Native Americans. This protected virgin forest has very little road access, meaning you will have to hike through the area. Make sure you bring appropriate clothing and footwear, as well as sufficient water as the high temperatures and humidity combined with physical exercise will result in a lot of sweating. This spectacular national park is one of the absolute star attractions in Samana.

Some of Samana's most secluded beaches are best accessed by boat. Consider booking a trip with Peninsula Tours in Las Terrenas to get there. One of their most popular excursions takes visitors to Playa Rincon, and Playa Fronton and Madama (see below). These are arguably three of the top beaches in the Dominican Republic. The excursion includes everything from transportation by boat to a Dominican-style lunch and time to swim, sunbathe, read or nap on the beaches.

Hit the Beach

Situated near Las Galeras, Playa Fronton and Playa Madama are both excellent, secluded destinations to enjoy the warm afternoon temperatures and the 29°C-warm sea water. Some people, particularly locals, prefer these beaches even over iconic Playa Rincon. This is where some of the best snorkelling in the area can be done. Keep in mind, however, that these beaches can be reached only on foot on hiking trails or by boat.

Eating and Drinking Out

If you're going on a road trip along the Dominican coast, a highlyrecommended place to go for food and/or drinks is Tracadero Restaurant near the village of Bayahibe on the southeast coast of Hispaniola. This restaurant has a wonderful setting near the beach and a boat dock. There is both an indoor and outdoor seating area, so no matter what the weather is like, you will always be able to enjoy some delicious food—the menu includes everything from seafood and fish to risottos, pastas and steaks.

The dining venues at Sublime Samana—the Bistro and the Beachside Grill—are both recommended. They're run by an award-winning chef who creates Mediterranean dishes with an authentic Dominican twist. You can go there for breakfast, lunch or dinner—consider trying the lobster wrap for lunch or snapper in coconut sauce for dinner.

La Mata Rosada is a popular and well-rated restaurant in Santa Barbara de Samana. Guests say that it is a great place to have lunch, its menu being more extensive than most other seafood restaurants and grills in the area.

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